Making ‘SWALLOW’ — Entry #7


It’s been a long and busy week; however, it’s all culminated with some really great news! We are now officially in contact with my No. 1 choice for the male lead in “SWALLOW” (in fact, the actor I wrote it for). It’s all still hush-hush (wish I could share!) for now, but a door has definitely opened! I’m going to keep it short this week, and instead share a 10-minute exclusive sneak peek at some random clips from our documentary “3 Thumbs Up.” I honestly haven’t even begun to dig through all of the hundreds of hours of footage, but tried to grab a few choice clips from the road. The doc will most likely cover the span of about three years, so what you’re about to watch is just a fraction of the footage and mere glimpse of the final product. Hope you enjoy!

Also, as part of our latest raffle (check out the video at, we are going to announce on this entry, the winner of a WALK-ON SPEAKING role in “SWALLOW.” We are going to record the video and post it here! So, here is the winner!

CONGRATS … and here is some more BIG NEWS! Everyone who donated and purchased a raffle ticket in the set timeframe is invited to be an extra in a particular scene (more details to come) … we seriously can’t do this without your support and this is our THANK YOU! See you next week!

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“Making SWALLOW” — a weekly column exclusive to It’s Just Movies — is following the film from pre-production through distribution.

Justin D. Hilliard is a writer/director/producer and co-founder of Striped Socks Productions. He attended the University of Texas at Arlington and received his BFA in Film – Cum Laude in 2004. His previous films are “The Other Side of Paradise,” “3 Thumbs Up Doc” and “Wednesday.”

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  1. 1

    Her reactions are funny in the video when you say you are going to auction off a kiss from her and then you change it to a kiss from you.

  2. 2

    Haha…see how he tried to sneak that one in. Bad boy!
    But congrats to Chad Ford!

  3. 3

    I’m enjoying this series every week. Keep it up!

  4. Disco #

    I can’t wait to watch the documentary. My favorite part was when you tried to get them into the theater by telling them there is “a dog in it.” Hey, whatever works, right?

  5. Don #

    This was my favorite entry yet because of the videos. Keep up the great series.

  6. Don #

    Oh, and congrats to Chad Ford. 🙂

  7. Mike Kimmel #

    Great work.
    Nice to see the Johnny Valiant interview up there too.

  8. 8

    Great stuff as usual, Justin.

  9. 9

    oooooh! when are you auctioning the 2nd role? I wanna buy a raffle ticket or 10!! lol. OK – also can i be, like a bitchy waitress or something? just a cameo. lol!!

    This is going to be a great film, so proud of you guys. Frank, it has been tooooo long. Be sure & fill me in how everything’s going! And good luck with it all. Hell, i’d buy a raffle for the job of water boy, errr umm…chick 😉 haha. Support the arts!!!

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